Leadership Development Institute

The Leadership Development Institute was chartered in the Eastern Region in 1983. The program was held continuously on the campus of Howard University, located in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the Mu Lambda Chapter, which was founded in 1923.

LDI reaches out to the brightest and best and installs leadership qualities and skills that will assist them in becoming tomorrow’s leaders today. Additionally, LDI has provided high school students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills in a university atmosphere for the past 27 years.

Participants are groomed and trained to assume roles in the future as leaders and good citizens throughout their communities. Prior to and while attending LDI, these young envoys demonstrate maturity, character, scholarship, and service- all of the fundamental qualities required for leadership. Finally, each Alpha Ambassador will behave as a messenger of hope and pride and make a difference in his home, school, and community.

Since 2003 the LDI Program has been hosted at 2 locations in the Eastern Region. LDI South occurs in June and is hosted in the District of Columbia/Baltimore area LDI North is hosted in the New York Metropolitan area in July. In 2011 a third LDI program was added – LDI was hosted at the Eastern Regional Convention in Bermuda.


  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (2002)

LDI South

  • Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland (2012)

LDI North

  • Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York (2012)


  • Portsmouth, Virginia (2012)
  • Buffalo, New York (2013)